For years, my mom has been collecting old postcards depicting different locations across New Mexico. I completely forgot about them until I was cleaning one day.

I looked through my mom’s binders of postcards and was intrigued by how things used to look around Albuquerque. I decided to recreate some of the more iconic postcards in her collection. During the process of making my story, I was surprised to see how many of the original buildings are still standing with little to no change.

Albuquerque has a long history — and through that history our very own 505 has gone through a few facelifts, many of these landmark buildings, such as the Kimo Theater and the stone house atop of the Sandia Mountains, remain untouched by time. On the other hand, buildings such as the old U.S. Post Office and the original Albuquerque High School have been repurposed into Amy Biehl High School and new residential lofts.

I cannot wait to continue this project and see how time continues to change the Land of Enchantment.  

Colton Newman is the photo editor and a music writer for the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at and or on Instagram @cnewman101.